Physicians of all ages and stages in their careers often look for a second occupation to augment their clinical and research backgrounds; others delve into that second career full-time after they are finished practicing medicine. A generally talented, driven and curious bunch, it is not uncommon to find these current and former physicians applying their medical knowledge and skills to another line of work, whether in politics, broadcasting or book writing. If you have thought about making a change, rest assured that it is natural to have a range of questions and potential concerns about the process; perhaps, too, you're not even sure what might be out there for you. Host Dr. Matt Birnholz welcomes Steven Babitsky, president of the non-clinical training service for physicians, SEAK, Inc., to answer these questions and provide important counsel on a range of other hurdles that could arise during your pursuit of a non-clinical career.
Dr. Birnholz and co-host Dr. Michael Greenberg will weigh in on other ongoing issues, including the discussion over flu shots for healthcare workers: should all hospital employees be required to receive a seasonal flu shot, as some hospitals are mandating? Also, a new study indicates that physicians lack familiarity with current FDA indications for some of the drugs they prescribe. What should be done to improve communication and awareness in this arena, toward resolving the potential clinical concerns this issue presents?